79 – Scifi Roleplaying Systems

The Mythcreant Podcast

Do you like dice? Do you like science fiction? Then what could be better than mixing them together? This week, our hosts talk about science fiction roleplaying games, which turn out to be a little thinner on the ground than their fantasy counterparts. Listen for a behind the scenes discussion of Last Ship of the Republic, Mike’s description of the worst Jedi ever, and a retelling of our attempt to play Eclipse Phase. Uplifted octomorphs for all!

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

The Voyage Roleplaying Game by Oren Ashkenazi

Star Trek Roleplaying Game from The Last Unicorn

Serenity Roleplaying Game from Margaret Weis Productions

USMC Torchbearer Mod by Luke Crane

Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game from West End Games

Star Wars Roleplaying Game Revised Core Rulebook from Wizards of the Coast

Star Wars: Saga Edition from Wizards of the Coast

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire from Fantasy Flight

Burning Empires by Luke Crane

Elicpse Phase from Posthuman Studios

Mage: The Ascension From White Wolf

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  1. Thurston Lhast

    I’m about to use GURPS (4th edition) for a Star Trek game over roll20, I’ll let y’all know how that turns out.

    • Oren Ashkenazi

      Oh neat, please do!

      • Thurston Lhast

        So far it’s worked great on the character generation side and modeling a Starfleet ship. What I am most curious about is how the player dynamic goes. Given that the concept is they all players are the senior staff of a small sabre-class starship. So far the big surprise has been that they rejected having a larger more powerful if older ship based on equal parts aesthetic and desiring a smaller scale. Rather contrary to what you’d expect from players in most cases.

  2. Fay Onyx

    One scifi roll playing game that you didn’t talk about in this episode is the Warhammer Dark Heresy game: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Heresy_(role-playing_game)

  3. Roleplaying Nerd

    With Somatics in Eclipse Phase, is it possible they named it after a philosophy because the game’s trying to make strength less physical, as a way to explain why how good you are at lifting heavy things is mainly mental in the game.

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